You don’t have to be Frank Sinatra to do things your own way! That’s the beauty of metal stamping as a jewelry technique. Not only do you get to assemble components, you get to make your own components – and they can say whatever you want them to say!
Letter stamps are the perfect way to create monogram jewelry, plus jewelry with names or inspirational sayings. Design metal stamps are the perfect way to add cuteness and panache.
Designer Amy Mickelson’s “Hootie and the Sodalite Earrings” feature custom owl charms she made using an ImpressArt Metal Stamp and a JBB Antiqued Copper Plated Square Tag Charm. These JBB tags are plated especially for stampers – pretty amazing! For more on these components, see the full parts list and tutorial here.
The basics of jewelry stamping are easy and only require a few tools. The tools are a small investment, but will last for years and thousands of impressions!
Supplies you’ll want:
- Letter stamps and/or design stamps
- A steel bench block (the block pictured is #69-123 combo block)
- A Brass hammer (the hammer pictured is #69-346)
- Metal blanks & tags – choose from 100’s of options!
- Optional: Stamp Straight Tape
The basic steps to jewelry stamping:
That’s all there is to it! It really is that simple. Then, you can use your completed stamped charms to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, gift tags, and more!
For a great monogram jewelry tutorial, see “Ava’s Ladies in Waiting” Necklace Tutorial in our Design Gallery.
To make fun owl earrings, see the “Hootie and the Sodalite” Earrings Tutorial.
For the full how-to on making a metal stamped chain bracelet, see our “Young Love” Bracelet Tutorial.
So what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to say things your way! ~ Melissa